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Scottish Inventor John Logie Baird

Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of some of the most influential people, who are no longer amongst us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Scottish Inventor John Logie Baird.

The Young Baird

John Logie Baird was born in 1888 and was fascinated by electronics even as a young child. Following a childhood passion for innovation and experimentation, Baird enrolled himself in a course in electrical engineering at the Royal Technical College in Glasgow. However, when World War I broke out, Baird had to leave his education incomplete.

Baird’s Journey to Inventing the Television

In the 1920s, John Baird created his first version of a humble ‘televisor’ – which he used to transmit moving images and sounds. Around 1925, Baird succeeded for the first time in transmitting objects – in particular, a ventriloquist’s dummy. Shortly after that, he demonstrated the workings of his invention at the Royal Institution, London. About his first success, he said :

“The image of the dummy’s head formed itself on the screen with what appeared to me an almost unbelievable clarity. I had got it! I could scarcely believe my eyes and felt myself shaking with excitement.”

By 1928, the Father of the Television was already attempting to broadcast content across the Atlantic – a project that turned out to be a glitch-free success. By the next year, BBC had adopted Baird’s technology to broadcast their content to millions of people.


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